Trump: ‘If Not For Me,’ United States Would Be At War With North Korea

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States would be at war with North Korea without his efforts and that conversations with the nation’s leaders are “going well” – an assessment at odds with recent reports that North Korea is working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear weapons program.

The president’s comments in a morning tweet followed a report Saturday in The Washington Post that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear arms stockpile and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and its secret production facilities.

In his rosy assessment, Trump claimed that “only the Opposition Party” and the news media are presenting a different picture of his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in the wake of his June 12 summit with North Korea leader Jim Jong Un.

“Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to depart on July 5 for his third trip to North Korea to continue negotiations.

Evidence newly obtained by U.S. officials points to preparations to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, officials told The Post.

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

Trump has offered exuberant assessments about progress with North Korea for weeks, declaring in a previous tweet that “there is no longer a nuclear threat” from North Korea. At a recent rally, he also said he had “great success” with Pyongyang.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · John Wagner 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If Fake News will never fargin to acknowledge all the accomplishments of the FIRST LEGALLY ELECTED President, he has to do it himself.
    Yehalelucha zar velo, picha (Mishlei 27:2) One should allow others to praise him, but if not then your own mouth will have to praise oneself.

    LEHAVDIL:
    by Rabbi Moshe Boylan
    However, it would seem appropriate, to mention that there are some cases in which it was necessary for Gedolim to mention their greatness.

    In order to appreciate this, it is necessary to keep in mind some Maamarei Chazal. Chazal tell us that Beasra Delo Yediah Laih, in a place that one is not known, one is allowed to tell others of his status. Chazal also say that a Talmid Chochom is supposed to have a Sheminis Shebishminis, 1/64th of Gaavah, arrogance. There is also a Derash that Yehalelcha Zar Velo, Picha. The Derash is that one should allow others to praise him, but if not then your own mouth will have to praise oneself.

    Once Rav Yechezkel Abramsky zt”l was called to speak in the English Court. The Judge asked him if it is true that you are the greatest Rabbinical authority in England? Rav Abramsky said this is true. The Judge asked him if this was in keeping with the humility that is expected from Rabbis? Rav Abramsky said: Your Honor, I am under oath.

    Perhaps this would also answer the famous question as to why one of the Tannaim said that one should not say that there is no more Anivus, Deika Ana. This would seem to say that I have humility, so you shouldn’t say that this midah doesn’t exist anymore. The world asks that isn’t saying that one is humble a contradiction to humility? According to what has been said above this may answer our question. Normally a person should not brag about their greatness. However, when it is necessary to make ones greatness known, such as when someone has to know if a midah is still in the world, then one would be allowed and even required to mention this to others.

    Since you mentioned the difference between Gedolim and Lehavdil the greats of other societies, I would like to share the statement I heard once from Rav Nechamchik zt”l. He mentioned a hesped he heard from Rav Elchonon Wasserman zt”l on the Chofetz Chaim zt”l:

    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GEDOLIM OF KLAL YISROEL AND LEHAVDIL THE GEDOLIM, GREATS OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD? RAV ELCHONON SAID THAT BY THE GREAT PEOPLE IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD, THEY ARE HELD THE GREATEST BY THOSE FAR AWAY FROM THEM. THE CLOSER PEOPLE ARE TO THEM, THE LESS THEY RESPECT THEM, AS THEY SEE THEIR CHESRONOS, THINGS THEY ARE LACKING.

    Lehavdil, by the Chofetz Chaim and other Gedolim it is exactly the opposite. The people in America heard of the greatness of the Chofetz Chaim, but the people in Poland had even a greater appreciation of the Chofetz Chaim. Those who lived in Radin had even a greater appreciation and respect to the Chofetz Chaim, and to the people living with the Chofetz Chaim he was even more respected.

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